This is our experience with a nesting box set up. We have found it really good. You can set up your nesting box how you find best, it is not the only way to go about it. Please do what is best for you.
What Is A Nesting Box?
This can be anything that your cockatiels make their home. We have had cockatiels make a nest in a plastic container in a kitchen cupboard, also had them make a nest in between some pillows ontop of a wardrobe. Basically if they feel comfortable and safe then they might just settle in…
We have taken cardboard boxes and cut holes in them to use as enterances etc, with windows and curtains… lol, only joking. But cardboard boxes have worked well for us, however the best way that we have found to contain your family and at the same time be able to view into the nest with ease has to be our latest set up. You can check out the video below and see how it looked.
The ideal thing about this setup is that you can easily see into the nest and keep it covered at the same time. Something that we have found most valuable. You will find that the cockatiels do like peace and not to much disturbance, but if you gently make it known that you are there then they won’t get to upset at you looking. Keeping the nesting box inside a larger cage works really good as it allows you to go about your daily duties knowing that your cockatiels are safe inside a cage.
The more often they get used to you the better. Once they have laid their clutch of eggs, the female will probably settle on night shift and the male the days. Being able to see in the nest becomes even more important once the eggs hatch.
Being Able To Help The Baby Cockatiels
This is your most important thing. You will want to make it as easy as possible to look into the nest without a massive effort. Just pulling back the curtain is by far the easiest. Also if you need to get into the nest and lift out the baby cockatiels then that is as simple as just opening the cage door.
An other ideal thing that we found was that by laying the nesting box on it’s side, you reduced the height of the hole that the parents jump in and out of. This makes it a lot easier for them and also reduces the risk of injury or damage to any eggs.
Keeping The Nesting Box Clean
Although some people say that you should not interfeare with the nesting box, we have found this so easy to keep clean. Basically it will be imaculate until the eggs hatch. Then the dropings and food rests will build up. At first it won’t be to bad but as soon as a few baby cockatiels appear it will build up. We found that by just removing some of the aspen from the floor of the nest and replacing it with fresh worked really well.
This also allows you to get to know the baby cockatiels or more importantly allows them to get to know you. It’s especially good when it comes to feeding them and when you want to have them hand tame.
Removing The Eggs
We had one egg that out of four didn’t hatch. After the final baby hatched we counted out 5 more days and then removed the egg. It was not going to hatch and was basically in the way. It was fine for the parents as they had three mouths to feed and were busy enough with that. I would always leave the eggs in the nest until well after the incubation period is over, which could be 25/26 days before taking them out.
If you take them out to soon the female will only want to keep replacing them and you will possibly end up with an egg laying female machine which is not good for her health. If you have a female that fits this description then i’d suggest that you check with an avian vet ASAP.
So there you go… that was our little helpful comments on the set up of an ideal nesting box.
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